by Lanre Adesanya
The United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC) has issued a two weeks ultimatum for conformity with standard labour practice in work place by the Federal Government and other employers of labour in Nigeria, warning that failure to comply will lead to total shut down of the nation’s economy till the needful is done.
The President of ULC, Comrade Joe Ajaero made this assertion while delivering the communique issued at the end of the Central Working Comittee (CWC) meeting of ULC held at Yaba.
Ajaero maintained that the ULC is poised to ensure adequate respect is accorded the nation’s workforce,citing inhuman treatments in workplaces as unwarranted and needless.
According to Ajearo the deliberate non-inclusion of all representatives of labour in the various Committees, Agencies and Directorates of Government and not singling out just one centre for these purposes negates the tenets of the nation’s laws,demanding immediate reversals of such appointments done in abeyance of the statutes referred.
ULC also condemns the militarization of workers by employers in certain quarters urging the government to wade in and ensure immediate withdrawal of their garrisons in various workplace where they are currently stationed.
The labour group also raised eyebrows on the hate speech bill been processed in the apex legislative body in the land,describing as an unscrupulous moves to douse thirst for accountability.
“NASS seeking to control free speech is couched under the guise of Bill against hate speech but has the real intention of protecting the ruling elite from being held accountable by the citizenry.
” We therefore demand the discontinuance of that obnoxious Bill.
“We demand that the Withholding of registration certificate of ULC be stopped and the certificate released forthwith”.
ULC also took a swipe at the former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomole for disparaging the group,citing the fact that he lacks the temerity and morality to bring ULC to question having covertly used the opportunity as a former labour leader to rather than fight the course of the masses, selfishly enrich himself and up his game politically.
“Adams has continually demonstrated his penchant to use the movement as a tool for personal aggrandisement and not for a genuine love for Nigerian workers. We call on him to refrain from his unwarranted attacks on Nigerian workers as the outcome may not be savoury.
ULC insists embarking on industrial action once the ultimatum lapses.
“If these demands are not met within two weeks of this date, the ULC shall embark on industrial actions that would force government to correct itself. We will affirm the fact that ULC controls the economy of Nigeria, when there is no fuel, no electricity, banks may not be opened, airways, railways and shops will be shut down.”